The Great Water Blessing, is a ministry committed only on Epiphany. According to the ordinance of Mineos during the revelation of the Lord, the consecration of water can perform three times: at the end of Holy Mass on the eve of the feast, after Matins of the Epiphany and, of course, after the commission of the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Epiphany. If the first two jobs is held mainly at Diocesan cathedrals and monasteries, parishes crowd of believers participates and shares with great holy water after the Divine Liturgy on the day of Epiphany. So beautiful and diverse habits would deserve an extensive study, but now we will limit to a few clarifications on the use Great Holy Water during the eight days of the feast, but also throughout the church year.
By tradition, we will taste eight times in this holy water; eight figure reminds us of the everlasting, eternal life, for in the Book of Revelation speaks of the eighth day which will follow the universal judgment. The great holy water is taken fasting for eight days, because it calls us to seek eternal life and joy in the love of the Holy Trinity. Do not eat anything before sharing the great holy water to show that none of the worldly, fleeting is more important than the spiritual food. After Mass, tasted great holy water first, then take the holy anaphora. Even when we share our taste of it, of course after we received divine Eucharist.
The very order of the consecration service of water from the Feast of the Epiphany we explains why it is necessary to partake of holy water on Epiphany prayers and hymns reveals God’s love for humanity, manifested concretely through the Incarnation of our Savior Jesus Christ and His baptism in Jordan Christmas and Epiphany linking and between the Saviour’s baptism and our baptism.
If we listen carefully to the consecration of the great water ordinance, we learn the benefits of sharing with her, sanctifies our souls and bodies, homes, farms, lands, the entire space in which we work, work, teaching. Through this sanctification of nature, everything that surrounds the man, our Holy Church shows us that God must be confessed and praised not only the church, but also beyond. Therefore urges the priest to commit to the typical provisions job outside the church, near a river, well, spring or in a beautifully landscaped, sometimes adorned with crosses ice enrolling and adorn many pots with water. Not very long, especially in the villages of Moldova believers waters carve crosses frozen lakes and ice tables, laying them in places where they will sanctify great holy water. Tradition does not seem too old, being connected to a water pilgrimage the faithful congregation where he officiated the consecration. Today, few places do such pilgrimages, but if Christians did not go to the river or lake water to sanctify, rivers or lakes brought by these crosses carved in ice, to be blessed.
Turning to the use of thwack Large Epiphany, the prayers are spoken by the priest that brings spiritual and physical healing diseases. We live in times when man faces various diseases of the body or the soul, often being generated by physical suffering soul from sins and passions. It believed that holy water to heal us, as increases our faith, love for God and our fellowmen. All the contents of the order consecration prayers are that she thwack Mari shown redeeming passion of evil spirits and cleansers. We need it, because often the devil seeks by all means to destroy us, urging us to sin; Epiphany water sanctified gives us strength to overcome temptations, to approach nearer to God, the source of holiness and love.
It is fitting, therefore, that every Christian to take home a jar of great holy water, to keep the place clean, as taught by our elders to taste awe of her fasting days in times of trouble, temptation , needs or heavy suffering, but only after receiving dispensation from duhovnic.Unii ordain priests whom the great holy water confession before receiving Communion. There are believers that Lent is fasting coarse black needy, receiving absolution from their spiritual instructor evening to taste some great holy water holes. The confessor that stops them from divine Eucharist because of serious sins, take great holy water, with the consent confessor as comfort and hope of their salvation, as the remedy for healing and straightening’s approaching the chalice.
According to popular tradition, after soaking their homes, people go to orchards and fields; holy water and sprinkle both fruit trees and land, to bring forth good fruit in the year that has just begun. In connection with the merger field with holy water and tradition is breaking a stick in fruit trees, decorated with folk motifs. The significance of this stick has an agricultural connotation, but it is the abundance of fruit, because as it breaks the stick, so to break with their fruit and tree branches. This stick called “colendă” carved motifs, and at the top with a thread of colored wool, worn by children when they go caroling Christmas, knocking him to the ground to announce their arrival at the houses of householders who in turn reward them with gifts. Therefore, this stick is taken by a family member on the day of Epiphany, when going to the great holy water to sprinkle the fields, orchards with fruit trees and is placed in one of the trees, because as the stick brought gifts children when they went caroling, so bear fruit and fruit trees. In all the time as people poured with holly water the fields, they say prayers and sing tropar feast “in Jordan”.